In January, deposits in the country’s banking industry increased by 6.14% year over year as opposed to 5.44% in December. In parallel, loans increased by 7 basis points. Loan growth year over year in January was 13.89% as opposed to 13.82% in December of last year.
Deposits in the banking industry have climbed by Tk86,000 crore through January of this year, while lending has increased by Tk1.72 lakh crore, according to figures from the central bank. In other words, bank loans have grown more quickly than deposits.
Deposit in the country’s banking sector fell by Tk1,398 crore in January compared to the previous month. The total deposits in the banking channel at the end of January stood at Tk14.88 lakh crore, down from Tk14.89 lakh crore in December.
The interest rate on deposits was raised in January by the majority of banks. Although it has risen as well, the interest on loans is still higher than that on deposits. As a result, banks’ interest income is lower now than it was in December. On 15 January, the central bank allowed the deposit interest rate cap of 6% to be withdrawn and the interest rate on consumer loans to be increased by 3%. Mainly after that, banks increase the interest rate to raise their deposits.
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